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{Hollywood Connection}

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Jaron and Ashlyn enjoyed their last day of Spring Break today. Jaron got a much needed haircut. Jaron, Ash and Grace (who slept over last night) went shopping for clothes and then we went out to lunch. After picking up Emmy, Trevin and Atti (Trevin’s friend), we went to Hollywood Connection and went rollerskating. Emmy and Atti needed walkers to help them skate. They had a blast.

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{Introducing Bishop Ryan Davis}

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Our family and Mimi slept at Paul’s condo before heading over to the Davis’ church.  The sacrament service was  beautiful…. I found myself tearing up quite a few times.  We stayed after sacrament meeting to see him get set apart.

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Afterwards,  we all took a few snapshots and headed back to the Davis home for a lovely meal.  By 4:30 or so, we were all on the road and heading home.  Mimi and all my kids but Emmy went in her car as Emmy joined us for the drive home.  Ashlyn and Trev ended up falling asleep leaving Jaron the one in charge of keeping Mimi alert and awake to drive.  He did a good job.  Quite an eventful day.

{Christmas 2013}

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Our Christmas always starts in the scriptures…..  We read Luke 2 and discuss every two or three verses.

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Our Christmas Tree….

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After scriptures, we ate breakfast which traditionally consists of German Pancakes.

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Ash and Emmy.

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Jaron showing off his stocking and presents.

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Trevin with a bee-u-tiful smile!

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Jaron peeking in his stocking….

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This is me watching the kiddos open their gifts.  We are dog sitting our neighbors two dogs.  The one in my lap is Chewy.  The one in the next picture is Frisco.

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Emmy.

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Trevin putting together his Lego set.

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Ashlyn and Trevin with their gumball mustache.

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Jaron had already eaten half his gumball by the time this picture was taken and Emalee’s was gone……

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Mom with Hazel….

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The kids playing a board game with John and Jeff.

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Andy playing with Hazel.

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Look at those blue eyes.

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Libby held Hazel while she napped…..Christmas is exhausting.

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After dinner we decided to go out to a movie….”Saving Mr. Banks”.

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Alton, Jaron and the kiddos waiting for the movie to start.

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Once we returned home, we invited Grace to sleep over before going back home tomorrow.  The girls are as giggly and silly together as ever.

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{Green Day}

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Today we celebrated this little girls birthday.  I guess Grace is not that little anymore.   However, she shares her birthday with St. Patrick.  We also celebrated Keltie and my moms birthdays too. 

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Prior to meeting with family for dinner, my day was filled with Ward conferences.  I am in the Stake Primary so I attended all the wards. It was a long day…but good.  

{Becoming.}

While the day, in and of itself was busy, it was a good day.  Xina returned home from Fillmore for Christmas break (Xina is our foreign exchange student).  Emalee and I also attended Marissa’s 7th birthday party which was a carnival.  I was in charge of the face painting and I have very (very) limited skills.  The first child wanted a butterfly.  The second child wanted a sunset.  The next child wanted a peacock.  I told him I was terrible at peacocks and is there ANYTHING else that I could do instead.  He replied, “How about a lizard?”  I said, “I could do a snake.  That’s KIND of like a lizard.”  He agreed and then asked that it go over his nose, which I did.  Then, a couple more boys wanted a snake too!  Everyone had a good time and even enjoyed the magician at the end of the show.  The Davis family showed up at the end, so it was fun to visit with them.  We don’t get to see them very often…..

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My mom came over at 7:00 p.m. to watch our kiddos while Andy and I attended the adult session of Stake Conference.  Andy had been asked to give the opening prayer for this session, so we couldn’t be late.  The meeting was so wonderful and inspired.  Everyone’s talks were great but I felt that all of them had a common thread or theme…..the word “become” or “becoming”.  The first speaker (the matron of the Jordan River Temple) shared some of her trials and struggles through life and what she learned from them and why it’s important to endure to the end (or in other words continuing to “become”).  The next speaker was a gentleman who was recently called to be a second counselor in  a newly called bishopric within our stake.  He was called about six weeks ago.  He shared how when he was called to serve, he wasn’t worthy.  He drank coffee and had some concerns.  He knew however that the Lord had called him and so he qualified himself  (or in other words, he “became”).  A member of the Stake Presidency (President Gale) spoke next and discussed the natural man.  He emphasized how Mosiah 3:19 says we need to “becometh” a saint.  Others spoke as well; however, I felt that all of them shared how we can “become” perfect….how we can “become” like Him…..day by day….one step at a time.

The visiting area seventy, Elder Tate, shared some amazing statistics with us tonight.  He said:

-In the next month or so, there will be 80,000 full-time missionaries serving!  [There were 53,000 missionaries serving prior to the October announcement.]
– On January 13th (next week), there will be 2,000 SISTER missionaries in the MTC [the most ever at one time].
– Usually, two of the twelve apostles would sit down each week in front of the computer and issue mission calls.  Since the October announcement in General Conference, SIX apostles (half of the quorum of the twelve) now have the assignment to issue mission calls.

I also read the following information tonight when I got home:

– The missionary force could add 15,000 young men and 7,500 young women or more in the first year of the lower age requirements.  That could impact overall church membership significantly.  On average stats show that each missionary is responsible for five converts annually.  With our missionary force growing so quickly, it could bring 400,000 members into the Church in a single year.

After Stake Conference, Andy and I headed to teh grocery store to grab a few things.  When we got to the checkout, we realized neither of us had our wallets.  Andy had to go home and get money while I browsed and
waited.  I found these funny plaques in a gift section.  They made me smile.

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{New Year’s Party}

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My mom, Julie Warner (friend), Heidi Seidel (friend)

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Bailee & Wade Warner

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We had lots of games going on….

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Mimi and Opi

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Me and the Mister

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Ryan and Martina stopped by on their way home for a few minutes (especially after he heard we had seven layer dip – his favorite!)

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Alyssa and Grace

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MaKenna giving Mimi a massage

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Andy putting together a puzzle.

Saturday – Take 2

While Emmy, Ashlyn and I scurried off to Cameo….Andy and the boys helped Mimi and Opi put on a Christmas breakfast at their ward.  When the girls were done at Cameo, we all headed back to help them clean up.  It was quite a production because Mimi goes above and beyond to make things special.


MaKenna and some kids from the ward singing karaoke.


She got some scratch and draw ornaments for the kiddos.  You can see Ashlyn’s arm in this picture.


Ashlyn (enjoying a sucker) being hugged by Callum, Grace and Alyssa making a hat.

  
Jaron and Trevin.

{Halloween 2012}


Holidays.  I always look forward to them; however, this month has just passed me by.  I woke up this morning completely unaware that today was Halloween.  I knew it was coming but my goodness…where does time go?  I spent the morning planting tons of daffodil bulbs along the park way fence and in my yard.  In the afternoon, I volunteered to help in Trevin’s classroom for his class Halloween party.  I wish I would have taken a photo or two.  Me and Jessi Brown (Trevin’s best friends mom) helped run the show.

After school was spent getting stuff ready for dinner.  We always have dinner in a pumpkin and this year was no different….

I also made homemade Root Beer….

This year for Halloween, Emalee was a cheerleader:

Trevin was a firefighter….

Ashlyn was a cowgirl….

Jaron was a big, scary thing…..see for yourself….

Andy was the “cool” trick-or-treat dad….

Even Charlie dressed up for the festivities…..he was a raccoon….


Andy took the kiddos around the neighborhood while I passed out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  We had SO many this year due to good weather.  I went through several bags of candy and ran out by 8:30 p.m.  Still, with the porch light off, the teenagers still came to our house until 10 something.  It was crazy.

Here’s a picture Mimi took when my family got to her house:

Here’s a picture of the Davis Family:

Here’s a picture of the Day clan:

{Easter Egg Hunt 2012}

We went to Mimi and Opi’s house tonight for dinner and an Easter Egg Hunt.  Mimi even surprised us with an egg hunt for the adults.  Opi found the golden egg, which contained money (lucky him).  The other boys (Trent, Ryan and Andy) played rough…they felt competition with chocolate at stake.  ; )

While we were hiding the eggs for the kiddos hunt, they were downstairs making gliders.  Then they went out to the front lawn to test them out….to see who’s glider went the farthest.  It was a lot of fun!

{Thanksgiving 2011}

Thanksgiving was wonderful yet again.  It has come and gone so quickly.  This year Thanksgiving was held at our home and we had, oh, 32 or so in attendance.  Jaron and Ashlyn helped me make mini apple pies this morning…I appreciated their help.  Andy and the wee ones helped clean while we prepared the pies and my other food dishes.  Jaron really enjoys cooking in general but he really enjoys recipes that have lots of steps and seeing each step through.

I was grateful to have Jeff here this year, we always enjoy his company.  As well as Heidi,  Jessica and her baby Carissa (my mom’s friends)…and Oma as well.  Both sides of our family were together, which was a treat….that doesn’t happen very often.  I made turkey name places for the kids and Mayflower name places for the adults filled with M&M’s.  All the kiddos were stealing the M&M’s from the adults when they thought no one was looking….especially Emmy!  : )

Some family members left shortly after dinner and family pictures; however, some of us lingered and played Yahtzee together.  Me and Libby lost in fashion! : )  It was a wonderful day spent with family and reflecting on our MANY blessings!

{Easter Egg Hunt at Mimi’s / Baby Animals}

This morning we had breakfast at Mimi’s house with the whole family.  Martina and Ryan had come from Logan and all the cousins got a chance to see each other.  After breakfast, we headed over to the Box Elder house for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The Box Elder house was where Mimi was raised and was our first house just after being married.  It is currently vacant and inbetween renters, so Mimi decided it would be fun to show the grandkids where she grew up.

Martina helping hide the goodies….

First, Mimi had all the kiddos stand on the porch for a quick picture and to review the rules.

Next she gave each child their own bag for the hunt with their name on it.  Inside each bag was a book she selected for that grandchild.

While this was going on, the boys were all working on Andy’s truck.  Andy’s truck window would not roll up and they were all getting it figured out (which they did thankfully!)

The hunters are on their way to the backyard…..following their faithful leader, Mimi.

The older kids wanted to watch the younger kids during their hunt instead of having both at the same time.  (Half of the backyard was designated for the younger kiddos only and the other half was designated for the older kiddos).

The older kids got a kick watching the younger ones; however, they were pretty anxious to get started themselves.


Trevin checking out his treasures….

Once we returned home, the kids put all their “goods” together and opened a store….except for Jaron who decided to have his own store.  He didn’t want to join together with his siblings and risk losing ANY of his candy!  :  )

After the fun ended, we headed up to “This is the place” monument.  We have a season pass there and they were showcasing their baby animals this weekend.  So my mom, Libby and her kids and our family enjoyed some time up there together.  (John was on an overnighter with the scouts).

We decided to take a train ride together….unfortunately, this first picture didn’t turn out:

Ashlyn and Amelia holding baby rabbits:

Emalee and myself holding a baby chick:

Here’s a picture of Spencer enjoying the pony ride:

More animals….

The kids enjoyed playing some pioneer games, pretending hanging up wash on a clothesline, walking on stilts and making some pioneer crafts.  Trevin and Alton did a great job on this game (I didn’t get a picture of Trevin in action, but they all had fun trying):

All in all, it was a very nice day!!  Then again, any time spent with family is a very nice day.

{Good times…..}

Originally the West Family Reunion was planned for last month; however, Val and Christine’s sister-in-law (Vawna) passed away unexpectedly.  Therefore, the reunion was postponed until today.

There was good company and food with plenty of time to “chat”.  The boys enjoyed playing basketball and running around.

Good times…..

{Jadon’s baptism and Jaron’s last soccer game}

My morning started by playing the piano at a baptism.  My good friend’s son was getting baptized and she (Cindy Barnhisel) asked me to play the piano for the musical numbers and prelude.  It was a very simple and yet spiritual.  I really enjoyed one of the talks….I believe it was Darren’s mother (Jadon’s grandmother).  Her whole talk was on “remembering”.  We need to remember our covenants as well as remember the Lord’s promises….the greatest of all blessings is eternal life.  It was a great reminder.

Immediately after the baptism, I took Jaron to his last soccer game of the season while my mom took Trevin took his game.  He did great!  He has gotten better and better each game/practice.


Mimi joined me and Andy on the sidelines today…it was great to have her there.


Jaron’s team won the game 3-1. 


Jaron was so (SO, SO, SO) excited to get his very own trophy!  He carried it around all day today.

After the soccer game, we came home and GUESS WHAT I found on my front porch???  My blog book.  Yep, I created my first book….importing my blog from 2009 and any other pictures of family and friends at the end.  It turned out beautiful!  I created it and my mom paid for it.  She gave it to me for my birthday.  It’s around 140 pages long and we have all looked through it several times today.  Thanks mom!!

Later tonight, we all headed over to Mimi and Opi’s house for dinner.  We celebrated MaKenna and Oma’s birthday.


Keltie giving Parker kisses.


Oma talking to Martina.


Parker’s got a lot of kisses today!




Grace and Ashlyn


Alyssa


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Parker and Kristin


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The birthday girl (one of them….I didn’t forget you Oma!)

{Trevin, Andy, Callum & Xina’s birthday party}

We had another great family get-together today but this time we celebrated FOUR birthdays.  Trevin’s was April 26th, Andy & Callum’s birthday is tomorrow (May 3rd) and Xina’s birthday (our foreign exchange student) is on May 6th.  So we held one big party.

Once everyone arrived, we started dinner….the kids were so excited to get eating.  I had to keep asking MaKenna to look at the camera for a quick picture.  The first picture had MaKenna looking at the camera but her eyes were placed firmly on the food….silly girl!

After dinner, everyone started opening their presents.  John and Lib’s family gave Trevin a really cool frisbee that changes into a ball mid-flight.  I’ve never seen anything like it….he and Jaron will have tons of fun with that.

My mom and I made Callum a cute car caddy.  It has a road on the top part and six compartments for cars to be stored once they are finished.  He LOVES to play from cars SO much that I thought it might be a great gift idea.  You can see what it looks like best from the pictures on the right:


Here is a picture of Spencer watching everyone open their presents.

Here is a cute video of Callum opening his birthday present from Mimi.  He pulls some great expressions:

For dessert, I made an ice cream cake found here.


The evening was topped off with the traditional Happy Birthday song except all four of them had to share the candles.

Happy Birthday everyone!!!

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

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I always love a different perspective.  Here is Mimi’s post from her blog on the evening.  She writes,  “A few of us (29) gathered together to celebrate 4 birthdays. Andy, Callum, Trevin and Sheena were fussed over and sung to in Day Family fashion. We ate a delicious dinner first. Then had a present opening party, followed by the pinata burst and ending with ice cream sandwich cake.

The best part of any family gathering for me is watching everyone interact. The party was held at Andy and Mel’s place so there was room to spread out and enjoy the change in weather. The skies turned blue with a hint of sunshine. The kids had a blast playing on the trampoline and the massive swing set/jungle gym. The downside was that the ground was a bit muddy from the past week of moisture. Keltie discovered this in a quick hurry. Callum looked so old in his sport coat ensemble with saddle shoes. It isn’t until he starts walking and talking that you remember just how young he really is. I thoroughly enjoyed having Jaron and Ashlyn over to my house before the party. They were a big help by wrapping gifts and even cleaned up the toy room that I didn’t get to from the night before. I love getting to talk with Alyssa about her school projects and the books she reads. Kenna is still “houdini” making appearances for food etc and then disappearing again. Marissa loves her cousin, Gracie. She follows her around like a puppy dog. It is so cute. Trevin was so excited for this day to come. He loved opening his gifts and gave everyone big hugs and thank you’s. Emalee is such a unique character. She is helping me one minute and sneaking candy the next. She loved playing with cousins.

When my schedule is unbearable and I think about cancelling our Sunday dinners, I just remember the contentment I see on the faces of my children and grandchildren. It makes any time sacrifice worth it in the end.”